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Chateau Coufran Haut-Medoc 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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Winemaker Notes

Tons of fruit and spice aromas. A bold wine due to old vines Merlot picked at the right time. Ample and tasty. The largest Coufran vintage ever produced, dethroning the famous 1995 vintage. The qualitative transformation of this atypical cru is 85% Merlot and confirms that this lot is full of surprises.

Critical Acclaim

WE 93
Wine Enthusiast

If you're looking for great, ripe black currant fruits, this is where to come. The wine is full and hugely fruity, but it still manages a good Bordeaux sense of proportion.

WS 89
Wine Spectator

Has crushed blackberry, licorice and light toasty oak on the nose. Full-bodied, with polished tannins and focused blackberry and currant on the palate, with a hint of vanilla and spices. Made mostly from Merlot. Best after 2011.

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Chateau Coufran

Chateau Coufran

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Chateau Coufran, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau Coufran
In the XVIII and XIXth century, Chateau Coufran belonged to the Comte de Verthamon, under whose aegis production increased from 65 tonneaux in 1850 to 150 tonneaux in 1868. At this time, Verthamon sold the property to the Celevier family, in whose hands it remained untill ot was bought by Loius Miailhe in 1924. Today, Jean Maiilhe and his two children own Coufran and neighbor Verdignan. When Louis Miailhe bought Coufran, he planted 100% Merlot grapes, which was quite a revolutionary step in the predomonantly Cabernet Sauvignonm planted Medoc.

Napa Valley

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism...

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism, the Napa Valley is the AVA that brought worldwide recognition to California winemaking. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two are St.-Helena and the valley's newest AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, and Mt. Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

Zinfandel

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Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward...

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Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

PIN150723_2005 Item# 94395

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